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January 18, 2013

A ticket to history

Whitter student D.C. bound for presidential inauguration


What party he’d represent remains to be seen. Although Obama was Silva’s candidate in the last election, he currently doesn’t consider himself a Democrat or a Republican.

“In Model U.N. class, we took a questionnaire to see where our views stood politically,” he said. “The range was from zero to 40, with zero being the most conservative and 40 the most liberal. I scored a 22, smack in the middle.”

Silva said he’d like to do a little political research to further develop his views and a day at the Statehouse in Boston with state Rep. Michael Costello, D-Newburyport, would rate right up there as “amazing.”

And while attending the Presidential Inaugural Conference this weekend is exciting enough, he’ll head to Washington, D.C, tomorrow with one other dream — however slim it might be.

“I would really love to shake hands with the president,” he said.

The Presidential Inaugural Conference is a nonpartisan educational event held in Washington, D.C. every four years for middle school, high school and college students in celebration and recognition of the Inauguration of the President and Vice President of the United States.

The event consists of separate conferences for each educational level, and includes a variety of exclusive activities for those attending, such as special presentations from keynote speakers — former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Ryan Silva’s case — and explorations of the presidential campaigns, the electoral process and the presidency.

Activities are planned around the public swearing-in ceremony of the President and Vice President as well as the inaugural parade.

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